Surgery approved for cerebral palsy
Children with cerebral palsy will now be able to have a surgical procedure that can improve their ability to walk, after analysis by our researchers showed it to be effective.
The procedure, selective dorsal rhizotomy, involves cutting some of the sensory nerves from the legs to the spinal cord. It could relieve stiffness, improve mobility and reduce children’s pain levels.
Professor Janet Peacock, data analytics co-lead at our Biomedical Research Centre, says: “NHS England have now decided that this procedure will be funded as a direct result of this innovative project. It’s great to get this decision so that it will make a difference to patients.”